Lake Condah, Gunditjmara Country


Joseph Saunders: This is the focal point of the Gunditjmara Country, matter of fact this would have been like a small township in a way and the lake being like a supermarket.

When the Aboriginal mission started, they weren't allowed to practise any of their culture or speak any language, any of their dances, teaching of their Dreamtime stories.

With the eel basket, an old lady called Aunty Connie Hart, she used to sneak around and watch the women weave the baskets, so that's how she remembered how the baskets were done. So she ended up passing that on to other Aunties that are still living in the community and still practicing how to do the eel baskets.

They'd be rocks all along here with the eel basket in the middle then your rocks on top. You would lay the fish trap in the middle with your bigger end where the bigger eels are coming through. So you'll have the bigger eels would get stuck and then the little ones would go through to the next pond. So what you're doing is you're catching the big ones and letting the littler ones go in the next pond for the next harvest, until they're big enough to catch on the next fish trap.

About this Video

Traditional Owner, Joseph Saunders, explains the aquiculture practiced by the Guditjmara people at Lake Condah.
Length: 1:44